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“Fantastic, but needs care to keep its reputation”
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Huka Lodge
Ranked #3 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Fantastic, but needs care to keep its reputation”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

Huka Lodge must be the most famous place to stay in New Zealand. The Queen has stayed there, and other royals. The setting on the banks of the Waikato River is exceptional. The main lodge is warm, welcoming and beautifully decorated with Scottish and fishing and hunting themes and colours reflecting those of the river. The rooms are pretty well perfection.

We had two dinners, one outstanding and the other somewhat less than we had hoped for. The New Zealand wines were excellent. At breakfast, you would expect to be greeted and have table cleared and re-set, but one morning these things didn't happen. Don't order soft-boiled eggs, because they may come out hard.

The owners have a South African connection and like to display game trophies. We are fond of animals but less so of stuffed heads, and a gun-rack made from gazelle's feet is a bit off.

Huka Lodge is a stunning place by any standard, but it needs some fresh thinking to keep its stellar reputation.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

From the moment we arrived, to our departure 24 hours later, we were absolutely delighted with our Huka Lodge experience!

The location is stunning, the ambience of the Lodge both classy and tasteful. Every member of staff is attentive, courteous and thoughtful - they seem to anticipate your needs or wants before you even realise them yourself!

We were welcomed out front before we had even switched off the engine of our car, and made very welcome with a fine glass of champagne in front of a crackling open fire while our vehicle was whisked away and our luggage taken to our room. A short while later, when we were feeling totally chilled out and relaxed, a staff member outlined the services and amenities of the Lodge and escorted us to our large comfortable room..

My husband had organised the night at Huka Lodge as a surprise birthday present for me. Every staff member knew of this and at various times of the day and evening wished me a happy birthday. Plus, from the management, there was even a beautifully decorated birthday cake , chilled bottle of champagne and personal note awaiting us in the room.

Overall, the accommodation was awesome, the hosted drinks and nibbles before dinner a wonderful way to mingle with other guests, and all meals were top class.

Not long after our arrival, we were invited to choose one of several locations for our evening meal, plus breakfast the following morning. So many choices! We selected the Trophy Room for dinner, and breakfasted in a cosy European styled outdoor area, with artfully manicured hedges, overlooking a tumbling waterfall and beautifully manicured grounds. Rugs over the back of each seat ensured we were not chilled, along with two blazing wood-fed braziers on each side of our table.

Overall, we were made to feel very, very special, I would highly recommend Huka Lodge to both local and overseas visitors. The Lodge is worthy of its fine international reputation and as a Kiwi I am proud to say it is 'right up there' and worth every cent.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York, New York, United States
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

We stayed at Huka Lodge in November 2012 as the last stop in our honeymoon. What a perfect way to end our trip. Taupo is beautiful, the Lodge exudes warmth and hospitality, and Louis and Rudy took such care to make our stay memorable, relaxing and romantic. We had private dinners every night - each in locations more romantic than the evening before. We loved sitting by the fire for a drink after dinner, pre-dinner cocktails with the other guests, and exploring the lake, and hiking along the river. The extra touches of tradition (the bagpipes) and personal attention to detail made the experience unforgettable. Thank you to the whole team at Huka for helping us to end our honeymoon in such a wonderful way.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2013

One of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.
There is no much to say about Huka Lodge as you need to experiment yourself!
Every little things is there, the food and the service is absolutely amazing.
They will try everything to make their customer happy.
The place is just stunning.... ahhh i wish i stayed longer !!!! A MUST DO

Room Tip: We were 3 adults, 2 kids and 1 infant. We booked 2 Junior lodge and requested to have a share lobb...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Almere, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

What can I say, it is an experience in itself. This Lodge is located in a very serene area with beautiful gardens. The atmosphere is cozy where you can do nothing but relax. Of course the food and wines are incredible. Lovely stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Heusden, Belgium
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2013

Exquisite place to stay when traveling New Zealand. A real 'must do'! The lodges are perfect both in space, cleanness and details. The service is impeccable, starting with the manager Louis who is always there to help you in any way he can, going to the reception where Carol is my favorite, over to the staff in the restaurant (supervised by a very talented Dutch lady), the gardeners, the cleaning personnel and so on... All professionals in their own expertise. And one of the most important things for us as travelers in general and as Belgians in particular being the food, at Huka Lodge the word for their cuisine is 'sublime'! A master of a chef, having built a very good team around him, who in our region would deserve more than one Michelin star! Perfect dinners and also the best of breakfasts. I would almost forget to mention the location. Lovely because of the direct views over the Huka Falls, very nice because of the region surrounding Huka Lodge and also because of the fact that it is somewhat located in the middle of the New Zealand Northern Island. Also very important is the variety of excursions that is offered by Huka Lodge, of which many are totally exclusive and thus impossible to book elsewhere. Just to mention a couple, some of the best excursions we have done on our 6 week trip to Australia (2weeks) and New Zealand (4 weeks) were the White Island heli trip and the Maori private tour; both unforgettable experiences!! We will definitely be back at Huka Lodge, without a doubt! Martine & Yves De Somere / Ghent (Belgium)

Room Tip: No preferences, all are splendid.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

Having traveled for over a week in a camper van, Huka Lodge was more than just a sight for sore eyes. For my 24th birthday, I had asked my mother if she could put us up at this fabulous resort for a couple of nights to break up an otherwise long and un-luxurious journey through New Zealand in a camper van with a good friend. We both knew that this would be a very nice birthday gift, but what we didn't know was just HOW nice it was. Despite the fact that we rolled up in a painted Toyota Hiace, wearing hiking gear and looking dirty and lost, we were treated like royalty from the moment we set foot on the property. After much-needed showers, we met our fishing guide for casting lessons on the beautiful lawn and then enjoyed some birthday champagne by the river. The setting of Huka Lodge is absolutely halcyon--we felt as though we were in a fairy tale. Cocktails before dinner were delightful, and the staff could not have been more charming and professional as they brought out one course after the next at dinner. By the end, we had been rendered drunk by the exquisite and enormous 5-course meal (of which, we could hardly finish 4). The next day was one of the best days we had in New Zealand--a rafting/fishing trip down the Tongariro river. As a fishing guide in the United States, I felt as though I had reached Mecca... it was truly the best fishing I have ever experienced and we owe much of that to our guide and Huka Lodge. To return to the elegant lodge for another outstanding meal after a long day in the sun was the perfect culmination of of a perfect day. We made several new acquaintances during our stay (including a couple who hosted us in Christchurch 3 weeks later), and I still remember individual staff members. Our time at Huka Lodge was certainly unique and all-too brief, but more than anything, it was unforgettable. The fact that this is my first-ever trip advisor review should serve as a testament to the exceptional service that we received there. I feel eternally indebted to the kind couple (who I guided for in the states) that recommended that I stay at Huka Lodge, citing that it was a "26-star hotel." One can't argue with such a gleaming--and specific--review. However, after our stay, I would give Huka Lodge a solid 30 stars. Huka Lodge was simply the best and I hope to return soon... and perhaps I will since I am MOVING to New Zealand in 10 days for a year! Thank you all for the great stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Huka Lodge
Address: Huka Falls Road | PO Box 95, Taupo, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Huka Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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